Out of 822 previous Grand Prix drivers over the years, 5 have been female. Of the 5, Divina Galica stood out as a fearless contender to the male dominated sport, as she defied such news headlines as “Do Stop Divina, You’re Driving Us All To Distraction”, to prove that women deserve a place on the starting grid.
As of 2018, the inaugural W Series has vowed to redefine racing, and make it an inclusive opportunity for both male and female drivers. Supported by motorsports speaker, David Couthard MBE, it has given female drivers a place in the well-deserved spotlight, providing a bridge to Formula 1 racing that previously hadn’t existed.
Free to enter, the W Series driver’s do not rely on the quality of their car or the backing of a well-funded team, but their personal skills alone. Behind the wheel of a Formula 3 car, they soared around the final race at Brands Hatch, until GB driver Jamie Chadwick was declared the Champion of the season.
But Will It Work?
Despite the race only concluding last Sunday, the positive ripple effects are already clear to see.
Though she only finished first in the final race, Alice Powell has already been offered a position behind the wheel of an Acura NSX GT3, at the IMSA SportsCar Championship later this month. Under Heinricher Racing in the GT Daytona class, she will make her debut in the top-level race thanks to the opportunities provided by the W Series.
Alice’s performance in the final race proved her racing prowess. Determined, confident and dominating, she commanded the track to take first place, and leave the rest of the drivers desperate to keep up. Due to her final race, she finished the Championship in third place, earning a prize total of $125,000.
This move to American racing will open countless doors for Alice, as the market for such racing is popular in the States. Racing alongside already established female driver, Katherine Legge, Alice will be seemingly welcomed with open arms: “I’m really looking forward to racing with Alice. She is a well-respected driver and just won her latest race,” stated Katherine.
Anyone who turned one their television this week, will have most likely found Jamie Chadwick giving an interview about her success. With her popularity on the rise, she has featured on Sky News and The One Show, and has made national news up and down the country.
Never before has female motorsports been so prevalent. Quickly generating a positive response to the series, despite some initial criticism, Jamie has already been signed as a team developer and simulator driver for Williams Racing. This move will bring her one step closer to her end goal, racing in Formula 1.
In an interview, Jamie stated that her experience with the W Series has not just opened new doors, but given her an opportunity to race on a global scale. A calculated and mature driver for her age, Jamie’s talent shone throughout the entire season. The W Series has given her, and the other drivers, an opportunity to prove themselves live on television without being overshadowed by male drivers.
Book A Motorsports Speaker
Featuring at events up and down the country, motorsports speakers are in a position to talk candidly about the future of female motosports; in particular, David Coulthard is a vocal supporter of the W Series and all that it stands for. As a spokesperson, he highlights the importance of the Championship, which offers prominent female drivers the opportunity to race at a professional level. By booking David Coulthard, you are booking a Formula 1 legend and advocate for female drivers.
Since the race, he has openly stated that Formula 1 and the W Series should link up in the future, to give both male and female drivers the same playing field to prove their talents. In his public speaking, he candidly shares his opinions on gender inequality within the sport, and discusses the challenging journey the W Series had to go through to become a reality.
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